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GiftPiper Kalamkari Saree in Cotton Silk -White&Black 2
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This beautiful cotton silk saree has a striking kalamkari block print pattern and a vibrant pallu, with beautifully contrasted blouse piece. Truly a designer creation from the artisans of rural South India. Length: 5.5 mtrs for saree+90 cms blouse piece (shown on model) Care: Dry clean first time to set colors. Later handwash in mild detergent (Ezee)/Machine wash with Delicate setting \n\nAbout the craft:\n\nKalamkari or Qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, produced in parts of India and in Iran. The word is derived from the Persian words ghalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen (Ghalamkar). There are two distinctive styles of kalamkari art in India - one, the Srikalahasti style which is entirely handworked and the other, the Machilipatnam style of art which uses a combination of block prints and hand painting. Kalamkari block print is the one of the earliest and more complex techniques of block-printing on cloth using vegetable dyes. The blocks used are made by specialist artisans and have very detailed and elaborate designs carved on them. The fastness of the colours is ensured by washing, bleaching, and sunning. Persian influence on the designs is visible: ornamental birds, flowers, creepers, and mehrabs or archways found chiefly in Mughal architecture are common.